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Got to love that model 19

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by exbrit49, May 9, 2013.

  1. exbrit49

    exbrit49 Well-Known Member

    I purchased my Smith and Wesson model 19 in the mid 70s, it was one of the best buys I ever made. Whether loaded with full house magnums or hot 38 Spls it handles really nice. This one has been totally reliable and very accurate. This afternoons loading was 38Sp +P using Red Dot under a cast 158 SWC, at just over 1000 fps.
    It was such a nice day that I spent most of the afternoon at the range.
    The 45 ACP and the 9mm and the 45 Colt all did well today, but cant come close to the accuracy that I can achieve with that sweet 19!It just feels right in my hand and seems to pull itself on target.
    The pic shows 36 rounds offhand from 25 yards, not my best target but it sure made the other calibers look a tad tardy!

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  2. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    S&W K frames and the 38/357 cartridges are my favorite for shooting. I agree with you, the M19 is a great revolver...
  3. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    Your target reminded me of what I once did with a friends Model 19. It was a 2 1/2" barrel model and he wanted me to check out the action job that he had done on it. I put all six in the black at around 30' just as fast as I could pull the trigger and this was with some pretty hot handloaded rounds that my friend had put together. I have had any number of S&W revolvers that had good DA/SA triggers and were capable of decent accuracy but nothing that really could compare to that one sweet shooting Model 19.
  4. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    Photos of the 19, please! I used to own two 6" 19's at different times in my life, but they were identical to each other. Both blued, with the orange ramp front sight and white outlined rear blade. I knew then that I loved them, but didn't know how much I really loved them until after I had to sell each one. Never did shoot paper targets back in those days, but sure killed a LOT of cans full of water!

    I would dearly love to have another one just like those two, gotta be 6" and blue, with those sights. I'd be very happy with a 586 in the same config though.

    God, I miss those pistols. I loved those like I love my Colt 01911 and my M1 Garand. Some guns are just RIGHT!
  5. hariph creek

    hariph creek Well-Known Member

    K-frame .38/.357's are (to me, at least) the pinnacle of wheel guns.
  6. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    Ah, they are nice shooters indeed. I have a couple of 66's, a -2 and a -5, and they are just so tight, and precision made. And I don't baby them with any standard loads either, they get fed only H110 / 296 loads.
  7. rswartsell

    rswartsell Well-Known Member

  8. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    The model 19 is a great revolver and continues to be a favorite by those shooting 357.
  9. rswartsell

    rswartsell Well-Known Member

    hariph creek,

    The pinnacle?...naw, you gotta have a $2,000.00 Python, or did you hear about my Ruger that fell into a volcano and was then dragged 150 miles behind my pickup under 100 feet of salt water? I then triple loaded some magnum cases and shot a hawk out of the sky at 1/2 mile. Then my Euro cousin showed me his Korth.....well you get the picture.;)
    Last edited: May 10, 2013
  10. hariph creek

    hariph creek Well-Known Member

    I use the term "pinnacle" in a relative manner.

    Colts are/were magnificent. But no longer have much factory support and parts may be drying up. They are "better."

    I have no first hand experience with Korth or Dan Wesson. I'll take everyone's word for it though.

    Ruger are, design wise, the "next logical step" in revolver design. If you want to run heavy magnum loads? There's none better. Plus a layman can claen their action up, pretty easy.

    The OLD K-frames though are well made, balance well, shoot great, and usually display a decent level of fit and finish. All (usually) at a price that is quite reasonable. Add to that their ubiquitous nature, and generous parts, accessories and factory support? It's a great balance.
  11. savanahsdad

    savanahsdad Well-Known Member

    here is myS&W 19-5 S&W.  19-5.jpg the only guns I have that shoot better is my S&W1911 and my 22lr HighStandard mod102
  12. Zeke/PA

    Zeke/PA Well-Known Member

    It's hard to beat the K-Framed Smiths.
    Mine is a K-38 Full Target that I've had since the Mid-Sixties.
  13. Unistat

    Unistat Well-Known Member

    My Model 13 is my favorite gun to shoot and if I was more sentimental it would replace my Glock as my carry gun.
  14. DM~

    DM~ Well-Known Member

    Including me!

    I've carried one or the other of "K" frames many a mile, from my 25/20WCF for small game to my 357 or 44spl. for self defence, small game or just to go out to do some fun shooting with friends... The "K" frames are still my fav revolvers...

  15. F-111 John

    F-111 John Well-Known Member

    First handgun I ever bought, and my only handgun for many decades, I bought my 19-4 with 4" barrel in 1980 while in the Air Force stationed in Mtn. Home, ID.

    I went into a drug store in Boise to buy a toothbrush and toothpaste, and saw a small gun display in the corner.

    I walked out with a toothbrush and a handgun.
  16. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    Man, I remember those days! Back in my hometown Evans Drugs used to be the best gun store in town.
  17. Bikewer

    Bikewer Well-Known Member

    Carried one for the first 15 years of my police career, till we transitioned to Glocks back in the 80s.
    Never felt under-armed. A versatile weapon as well, at home with light .38s or full-house .357s.
  18. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    Best shot I ever made in my life was with one of my 19's. Put a solid FMJ .357 bullet right through the neck of a big, fat water moccasin laying on a river bank about 20 yards away. DRT. Hit it right behind the head. Buddy that was with me couldn't believe it. I still can't believe it, and that was probably 28 years ago.

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